Learn to recognize six physical symptoms caused by anxiety

Learn to recognize six physical symptoms caused by anxiety

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Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that in Brazil alone, approximately 18.6 million people suffer from anxiety. Symptoms of the disease can be perceived in the body, in addition to rushing the thoughts of the patient. During anxiety attacks, it is very common for the person to have difficulty carrying out their daily activities.

Psychologist Bruna Capozzi, of the Instituto Meraki, in Brasilia, explains that the triggers of anxiety attacks vary between individuals. Environments with many people and specific situations, such as public speaking or air travel, are examples of occasions that generate anxiety. At times like these, a trick is to try to identify sounds, visuals and textures in order to disconnect from the mood.

“The person with an anxiety disorder starts from a perception of intense fear and threat in the face of life situations. There is an overestimation of danger and, therefore, an increased worry about what is to come. This form of ‘Negative interpretation of stimuli, situations and events are part of understanding the disorder,’ explains the specialist.

To be more attentive to the signs, the psychologist listed in Metropoles, partner of BN, symptoms of anxiety that can be perceived in the body itself. Check:

1. Freezing
When a situation makes a person very anxious, the body can go into “freeze mode”. At this time, the shoulders may rise, the facial muscles and the jaws contract, and with this the individual feels trapped and tense.

2. Disorientation
Anxiety can make a person feel a bit disoriented, creating a panic attack. Mentally focusing on your feet and connecting to the ground can help. The identification of bodily sensations is also essential.

3. Difficulty breathing
Some people find it hard to breathe when they are anxious and this symptom should not be ignored. To resolve the attack without triggering a panic attack, the individual must inhale slowly and deeply through the nose and exhale through the mouth, as if blowing out a candle.

4. Body sweating
Uncontrollable sweating is a reaction related to anxiety or stress. Whether it is in the palms, armpits or forehead, the symptom may be due to the state of mind and should not be ignored. To control it, you have to stay calm, trying to organize your thoughts.

5. Difficulty sleeping
Sleep quality can be affected by anxiety attacks and the difficulty can even become routine. Sleeping poorly for a long time leads to lack of concentration, fatigue and even digestive problems. The psychologist teaches that it is important to calm the mind, especially at bedtime.

6. Intestinal restlessness
Anxiety can cause intestinal restlessness, causing the urge to go to the bathroom in times of crisis. Due to the adrenaline rush in the body, the symptom is even another trigger for an uncontrolled mood.

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